What is the most effective way of teaching the topic of Addiction?

Addiction can seem at times an impossibility complex issue – which multiple views both on the cause and the cure in almost every case.

As a result any approach to teaching the topic needs to include analyses of the models of addictive behaviour, issues of vulnerability to addiction, as well as models of reducing addiction.

All in all there seems so much that is up for debate, and it is this that makes teaching Addiction at A2 in the AQA Psychology course all the more difficult.

Thus it is that in response to this complexity, we have produced the download “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” download.

The approach here is to take each of the five major topics that inform any debate on Addiction and explore each one through a wide range of practical examples.

In addition there are activities and worksheets to use in class to help aid application and evaluation skills.

We start with models of addictive behaviour, covering the biological approach, cognitive approach, and behaviour explanations, before moving on to the risk factors and the media influence relating to vulnerability to addiction.

Next we turn to issues relating to the reduction of addictive behaviour both through intervention and prevention, before the download concludes with revisions materials nad guidance.

The download runs to 62 page of A4 and includes grading guidance for the topic based on examiners’ reports, mark schemes and teacher experiences in the form of success criteria for each activity.

is only available as a download – not as a printed book.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1823samples.pdf

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=76_126&products_id=791

The price is £15 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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How often will your students change jobs?

What is the most effective way of preparing your students for the world of work?

The average person stays in each permanent job he/she gets for four years. If we include the temporary and part time jobs that a person might take during a time of recession (of the type we have been experiencing), then the average person will stay in each job for an average of two years.

This is a staggering turn around in the job market when compared with the past, and is due to three factors:

  1. The ease with which employers can remove employees in the first year of employment.
  2. The years of recession which has caused many employers to take on staff on short-term and zero hours contracts.
  3. A growth in the, “I don’t have to put up with this”. attitude from some young people who expect work to be, well, more like a social event than work, and who sometimes also lack the ability to handle the basic courtesies that employers who have been in the job for 30 years will demand and expect.

Whether our society will now return to the previous norm of four years per job is hard to say. But even if we do, there is still the fact that the average employee will change jobs 12 or more times during a career.

So, getting used to the experience of moving into a new work environment is no bad thing – and the sooner young people have that experience the better.

The trouble is that good work experiences for students need organising from the start to the finish, and many is the employer who complains that the work experience students they had were simply not prepared for work.

This is where “The Work Experience Manual” comes in, smoothing out the bumps that can occur as the school, the student and the workplace begin to interact.

The volume, which is supplied in copiable format, includes information on finding placements, liaising with the company in a way that the company finds suitable, student notes which allow those going on placements to be properly prepared, a record book showing the placement’s activities, and a wide range of actions and activities that should be considered after the work experience is over.

Overall the aim is to make the activity beneficial and enjoyable for the student and a positive experience for the school and employer. When this happens, everyone benefits.

The copyright licence allows the copying from either the book or the CD, so that all students can have pages relevant to their study at any time. It is also possible to place the CD on the school’s learning platform, so that students may access it at any time.

Order code T1822emn ISBN: 978 1 86083 866 8


  • £24.95 for the book or CD, plus £3.95 postage.
  • £31.94 for the book plus CD, plus £3.95 postage.

You can order in four different ways. In each case please quote our reference T1822emn. Sample pages and a contents list can be viewed prior to ordering on http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/careers/T1822.pdf